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A-7A Corsair II
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Also Known As: A-7D, A-7E, A-7F, A-7H, A-7P, TA-7 and TA-7H
Origin: United States of America
Parent System: A-7 Corsair II
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1966
Total Production: 1,500
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Description: A-7 Corsair II is a single-engine, single seat ground attack aircraft derived from the F-8 Crusader. It was developed to meet the requirements of the US Navy for an attack aircraft with payload double than A-4 Skyhawk. It was powered by non-afterburning turbofans TF30 and TF41 rated at 12,000- and 15,000-lb of thrust each. The A-7A was the initial model delivered to the US Navy in 1966 powered by TF30 engine. Subsequently, the US Air Force ordered the A-7D Corsair II model powered by more powerful TF41 turbofan engines. A-7E was a US Navy follow-on model powered by TF41. In the 1970s Greece ordered the A-7H variant and TA-7H twin-seat trainer. Portugal ordered the A-7P and Thailand 18 ex-US Navy A-7Es. A-7F was a US Air Force upgraded variant optimized for Close Air Support (CAS) cancelled in the mid-1980s.
Overall, A-7 Corsair II was deployed by the United States during the Vietnam War and Gulf War harvesting good results. In the early 1990s the US Navy retired its last A-7E Corsair in favor of more capable F/A-18C/D aircraft. Currently, these aircraft are operational only with export customers.
A-7A Corsair II Specifications
Number of Engines: 1
Height: 4.90 meter (16.1 foot)
Length: 14.1 meter (46 foot)
Main Gun Caliber: 20 millimeter
Wingspan: 11.8 meter (38.7 foot)
Max Range: 3,500 kilometer (1,890 nautical mile)
Top Speed at High Altitude: 313 mps (1,127 kph)
Empty Weight: 8,700 kilogram (19,180 pound)
Max Takeoff Thrust: 15,000 pound (6,804 kilogram)
Max Takeoff Weight: 19,000 kilogram (41,887 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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